Is Land Tenure “Secure Enough” in Rural Rwanda?.

Paper | March 24, 2017

This paper discusses the consequences of well-meaning agricultural policies on land tenure security in Rwanda, with potential implications for future economic development and social stability.

Michael Brown and Ailey Hughes propose that despite increasing informality of ownership, land tenure in Rwanda is “secure enough” to incentivize smallholder investment in land, but the emerging threats arising from the implementation of agricultural policies could constrain the country’s development gains in the future. Recommendations are offered to the Government of Rwanda.